Bear Notes-Wk 16 Dec.7th-Dec.11th

Serving kids. Growing scholars.

Note from the principal...


"Christmastime kindles a spirit of believing. it's a time to renew our hearts and rejoice in the deep meaning of the season. It's a time to celebrate a miracle... and to be open to the little miracles all around. And most of all, it's a time to let our faith shine through the love we show one another." I wish I could take credit for writing that, it is so well put. But, it wasn't me, I it read it on the box of one of my Hallmark Christmas tree ornaments. And as I read it over and over I was inspired to share it with your guys. I love this time of year and hope you are inspired (just as I was) to embrace the spirit of believing and celebrate this time of year.

Below, I included a video that our ED shared with me, and I shared with the team leaders last Friday. The video focuses on gratitude and how we can begin to teach that to our scholars. In this season of giving what could be a better gift than sharing the gift of gratitude. When you get a chance check out the video and let me know what you think.

Well as you all know we have a very busy week! Science Night on Tuesday, the Holiday Performance on Thursday and of course ACP begin on Thursday. Please note no Administrative PLC's this week.

Have a wonderful week!


Congratulation to our Robotics Team - Multi-Raptor Converter Bots

In the words of their coach, " We made it through! We accomplished what we came to do. We were also recognized for #1 best environmental project!"

Nice work Bots!

Climate Survey


Please be mindful that the Climate Survey ends this Friday, Dec. 11th. Please make completing the survey a priority. You will need to access the link through your emails. Please do not share your link with others, your link is specific to you.

Peer Observations

Kuddos to those who have completed their Peer Observation, and a huge thank you to our Peer Observers. Please be reminded the deadline for your Peer Observation is Friday, December 11th. (Please note corrected due date)

Math PD (Grades K-2 and 3-5 Math Teachers)

Math Station PD presented by Region 10

Monday, Dec. 7th.

Portable 1 - 3:45pm - 4:30pm

Grades 3-5 Reading/Science/Writing teachers may use this time to prepare for Science Night.

Science Night! Tuesday, December 8th 5:30 - 7:30

Please plan to support our efforts to have an exciting and engaging Science Night!

Hot dogs for the 1st 100 people.

Winter Program, Thursday, December 10th, 6:00pm

Yep! It's a Charlie Brown Christmas. Please plan to support the Drama Club along with Band and Glee as they present the Winter Program, Thursday, Dec. 10th.

Professional Development

Below is the link for the Spring Professional Development Series. Go to Curriculum Central. On the right-hand side you will see the Elementary Professional Learning Opportunity tab. All faculty will need to choose a PD for either Monday, Jan. 4th or Tuesday, Jan. 5th . Please be mindful that registration opened last Friday, Dec. 4th and is sure to fill up quickly.

2.1Establishes clear, aligned standards-based lesson objectives(s)

Consistently and effectively establishes clear standards-basedlesson objectives, aligned to district curriculum maps & assessments.

Focuses students at the beginning and throughout the lesson, by clearly stating and explaining to students:

 What they are learning

 Why it is important

 What mastery looks like

 How to connect it to prior knowledge and their own lives

Most students can demonstrate through their actions or comments that they understand each of the above.

Take a few seconds and think to yourself do my scholars know what they are learning and why it is important that they learn it? Can my scholars articulate in their own words what they just learned? If someone were to ask them what would be the keys phrases/learnings you would hope they mentioned?

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Teacher Self-Evaluation - Domains 1 and 4


Now is a good time to self-evaluate your progress on TEI Domains 1 (Planning) and 4 (Collaboration/Professionalism). As you look over your body of work think of what you have done so far with regards to tracking your scholars, lesson planning, assessment writing, meeting and collaborating with your team, attending PD's (and implementing your learning), and communicating and involving your parents.

We have done considerable work in these areas. Be sure to document your specific actions.

Upcoming Events

Monday, Dec. 7th - K-2 and 3rd - 5th Math teachers Math Stations Part 2 presented by Region 10 3:45 - 4:30 (Portable 1)

Tuesday, Dec. 8th - Science Night 5:30pm - 7:30pm (Light dinner snack served at 4:00)

Tuesday, Dec. 8th - Voting for EOM ends COB

Dec. 8th - Dec. 11th - 3rd 6-Weeks Assessment window (Data meetings after Christmas Break)

Thursday, Dec. 10th - Winter Program 6:00pm

Thursday, Dec. 10th - Secret Santa Forms due COB

Friday, Dec. 11th - Kinder and Grade 1 Lunch Visitation

Friday, Dec. 11th - Deadline for 1st semester Peer Observation (corrected due date)

Monday, Dec. 14th - No PD (Christmas Social scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 17th)

Dec. 14th - Dec. 17th - Secret Santa

Dec. 10th - Dec. 18th - ACP Window (check email for day-to-day schedule)

Thursday, Dec. 17th - All Faculty and Staff Christmas Social 3:45 - 4:45

Friday, Dec. 18th - Blackout date

Monday, Jan. 4th - Teacher Workday/PD (Blackout Date)

Tuesday, Jan. 5th - Teacher Workday/PD

Wednesday, Jan. 6th - Scholars return

Tuesday, Jan. 12th - Tutoring resumes

Jacquelyn Burden - Principal

Affirmation of the Week - I am alive, alert, and enthusiastic for the possibilities each day holds.

Quote of the Week - "It's the most wonderful time of the year. With kids jingle belling and everyone telling you "Be of good cheer." it's the most wonderful time of the year. "

Edward Pola and George Wyle